Tested By You – GM Readers Review New Gear

With every year the challenge to break the mould and stand out in the driver market gets harder and harder.

A victim of its own success – and its often bold marketing claims – TaylorMade has a bigger fight than most convincing golfers its latest iterations are worth shelling out for over more dated, second-hand technology.

To give it a fair and fighting chance, we challenged TaylorMade to fit Golf Monthly reader and 18-handicapper Michael Smith to one of its new M1 or M2 drivers, and then let him loose on his own home course back in Doncaster in the following weeks.

Before the reigns came off Matthew Bryne, who has worked on tour for TaylorMade fittings it roster of players, was given the chance to dial Michael in for his perfect head, shaft and adjustable setting during a chilly spring morning at West Hill Golf Club in Surrey.

You can read Michael’s initial impression below and watch his interview in the video above, but to see how the M2 D-Type driver fared at his home club you’ll have to read the June issue of Golf Monthly magazine.

Matthew’s Fitter Analysis

“Mick was struggling with distance and control so we decided to take half an inch off the shaft and this improved his strike straight away, which in turn optimised his numbers for better distance and consistency. Going from a 45g reg to a 63g stiff also dramatically reduced his spin and launch for a more boring ball flight, while our draw-biased M2 D-Type countered his common miss right for better dispersion.”

Michael’s Initial Feedback

“The more rounded head and two-tone crown of the TaylorMade M2 driver is a big improvement on my red, triangular shaped R7 CGB MAX, and the M2 certainly also feels a lot more powerful and solid on my good strikes”